This is a description of a few of the things I’ve accomplished over the years.
My goal has always been World Peace.
• I made up the Peace Sign and Symbol –
• I made up the word anti-war in 1966 I held the first Antiwar Rally against the Vietnam War. I spent the day explaining what antiwar meant. (I did get some death threats.) I coined the phrase , “Make Love, Not War.”
• I made up the COEXIST bumper sticker. It took almost 50 years for that one to catch on. (the Satanic symbol that dots the ‘i‘ is not mine)
• At 13, I spent 2 months in South Africa and helped Nelsen Mandela, while he was in prison, to put an end to tribal wars, which was the first step toward ending Apartheid.
• I said Neil Armstrong should say “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
• Two pictures of me that helped the peace movement. – A girl standing next to me at Kent State was shot and killed. (I was shot, too, but it was just a flesh wound.) Another, I was detained at an anti-war rally I helped with on May 3rd, to stop traffic in Washington DC. While incarcerated by the National Guard, I put a flower in the barrel of the rifle pointed at me. I thought it was a symbol of peace in a time of war. That picture made the News. I did it even though his superior officer kept telling him to shoot me. The soldier later told me he tried hard to pull the trigger, but his hand froze.
• I worked with LBJ to pass the Civil Rights Acts.
• I sat next to Rosa Parks on that bus in Memphis and I wouldn’t let her get up.
• Said Regan should say, “Mr. Gorbechov, tear down this wall.”
• Helped to stop the spread of Leprosy working with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.
• I created Earth Day!
• I encouraged Groucho Marx into going public with the problem his daughter was having getting into a country club she wanted to join. I was about 5, we came up with “I wouldn’t want to join any club that would have me as a member – but my daughter does. A country club she wants to join won’t let her in because she’s Jewish. They should at least let her go into the pool up to her waist, since she’s only half Jewish.” It worked, and clubs around the country began changing that exclusionary rule.
• I decided to start to use the word Gay to mean homosexual. The word filled a need and caught on quickly
• Came up with the idea for Star Trek. I’m proud to have created the first integrated cast on TV.
• George Lucas told me I am Yoda.
• Played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Joie in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Anne Frank. My favorite role is Nora in the Thin Man because the writers hadn’t written my part so they told me to ad-lib. Nora spoke up for herself and it was evident that she was married because she wanted to be married and she wasn’t dependent on Nick. I think Nora began the woman’s movement.
Rise UpThink Peace
Here’s a synopsis of things of things I’ve been pleased to have been involved with.Rise UpThink Peace SEARCH WORDS —
World Peace : Healing The World : Civil Rights : Environment : Tolerance : Medicine : Internet and Electronics : Movies : Books : TV : Music : Electricity
Preface – I am not better than anyone, and, no one is better than me. That’s the way I live, and that’s what I believe, and I believe if everyone felt that way – We Would Have World Peace.
I’ve been depressed lately because people expect so much from me, and the people who owned me have kept me down and held me prisoner for so long that my hands were tied, and I feel I have failed. My Lady told me to look at all I’ve done. I’ve been told many times that the saying, “It’s amazing the number of things you can achieve if you don’t take credit,” was first said about me. I’ve been thinking of some of the things I’ve done and the quotes and ideas I’ve given away over the years that have contributed in a positive way to humankind. I can now remember the many people who have thanked me over the years for doing so much for so many. In an attempt to make sense of everything I’ve been through I began to write down some of my accomplishments, so people who expected more will know that at least I’ve been trying. I’m not bragging, here, I’m just stating the facts.++++++++
I made up the Peace Sign
Symbol – both the drawing of the circle with the four lines in it representing the world and bringing together the four corners of the world, and the fingers in the shape of a V to mean ‘Peace.’ I’m trying to bring it back.
When I was thirteen I took Latin and found out the word anti meant against. I told my Latin teacher, who was a nun, that I was anti-war. She laughed and told me, “That’s not a word,” and I told her I just made it up and she told me no one would ever use it. I said I thought they would and she laughed at me again and said, “Everyone is anti-war.” I said, “But if everyone was antiwar, there be no war.” I kept using the word until it began to catch on. Some people told me it was un-American – I didn’t listen to them. People still say that it’s un-American, and it makes me sad to think that America stands for war.
The COEXIST bumper sticker is mine. It took almost 50 years for that one to catch on. (the Satanic symbol that dots the ‘i‘ is not mine)
I coined the phrase , “Make Love, Not War.”
Told Regan to say, “Mr. Gorbechov, tear down this wall.” And guess what? It worked. I was there the day the guards stopped stopping people at the border. I walked with a small group of people from West Berlin into East Berlin and then half of us walked back into West Berlin and when no one was hurt, shot or even stopped, the other half went to visit relatives they hadn’t seen in years. No one knew it was happening, the guards stopped checking so unceremoniously. People cheered and danced and sang – and it was wonderful.
Someone from NASA asked me to think of a good thing for Neil Armstrong to say when he steps on the moon. I told them that “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was the perfect thing. A few people seemed disappointed, they wanted something more like – “Take That Suckers.”
The 18 Year-old Vote I was the woman (girl of 14 or 15) who saw the lights off in two rooms at the Watergate Hotel. People were wandering around using flashlights even though the power was on in the rooms on either side. If they had just turned on the lights I never would have noticed. I figured it was a burglary, called my hotel security and they passed me through to the Watergate’s security across the street and the rest is history. Nixon wanted to meet me. Nixon met with me a few times in the Oval Office, and he began to use me as someone to confide in, and talk to. He couldn’t give me peace so he asked what else I wanted, and I said, “The 18 year old vote.” I had told him it wasn’t fair to young boys that they had to fight for their country and they were sent overseas by politicians who they hadn’t voted for because they were too young to vote. That made sense to him so he changed the law.
The missing 18 minutes were of Nixon and me discussing the people responsible for Vietnam and Watergate because the same people orchestrated both the War and the Watergate break in. Nixon said the burglars weren’t looking for money – they were looking for dirt. Nixon was terrified of those people. They promised to make him president if he’d do what they wanted. He didn’t really win the election, I think it was McGovern who won, but the election was rigged so Nixon got in. He used to cry when he talked to me. He cried when he told me they made him give China the Most Favored Nation Status: he put his head in his hands and sobbed, “Oh, what they do to their people.” One night I took him to the Lincoln Memorial where some anti-war activists were protesting. I got him to see the faces of the people he had been admonishing. He became almost suicidal after that because he could see how thoroughly he’d been lied to. I told the protesters Nixon had no control over the War. That night, I am sure, was the beginning of the end of the Vietnam War.
I was arrested at an anti-war rally. While incarcerated by the National Guard, I put a flower in the barrel of the rifle pointed at me. I thought it was a symbol of peace in a time of war. That picture made the News.
Healing The World
Stopping the spread of Leprosy –
Mother Theresa and Calcutta – One day I found myself in Calcutta with Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa wanted to meet with me, I had gotten a reputation after meeting with the Maharishi when I was with the Beatles. I talked with her for quite a while. I had been writing a poem while waiting for her, it was the poem ‘Anyway.’ She told me to put it on the wall so I painted on the wall and I found out later she meant for me to tack it on the wall. But by then it was almost done so I finished it up and we left it. I found out about the work that she was doing with the lepers. I got a very short course in leprosy and found out it was a venereal disease. A million people lived in Calcutta, many of them lepers. I asked Mother Theresa if she used some of the money to give out condoms. I wanted to know what she was doing with the money she was collecting. I was horrified to find out she wouldn’t tell them leprosy was a venereal disease. I said, “Then I’ll tell them. They have to be told. It’s unconscionable that they don’t know.”
I stood outside and started to talk to a small crowd, as though I was going to tell a million people to use a condom when they had sex. The bugaboo came when I couldn’t find out what the word for sex was. I think it may have been illegal for anyone to talk about sex; or people thought it was illegal. I had to go back to Mother Teresa to ask her and she said she didn’t know. I said, “But you told me you told them not to have sex, that that was the only cure, so there must be a word for sex or intercourse?” For some reason she didn’t want me to tell them this. She had orders from the Vatican not to tell them. After a lot of back and forth and hand gestures with the people in the crowd I finally got myself an interpreter who would tell them it was intercourse that spread leprosy and that they had to use a condom when they had sex. It was horrifying to find out that what was probably the first venereal disease, one that had been around for six millennia, that no one knew you could get it through intercourse. I talked to them about staying clean and keeping their clothes clean; and the women said they didn’t want to have sex with men who had open lesions so I told them that was probably for the best because that is probably when it’s more likely to spread.
I found out there were women at the leper colony in Calcutta who hadn’t seen their families in decades because they had leprosy. I told them as long as they had no lesions they weren’t contagious and they should go back to their families. This was true, this had always been true, it was just something they didn’t know, because they weren’t allowed to talk about sex. There was such a rush of relief when I told these people that as long as they don’t have any lesions they had nothing to fear of casual contact because they’d been afraid that since they once had lesions they would always be contagious just by shaking hands or hugging and they were thrilled to find out that wasn’t true. They thanked me profusely and cautiously hugged me and shook my hand some of them cried because it was the first time they’d been hugged in years. The men cried when I shook their hands, since they haven’t been able to shake anyone’s hands in so long, they felt that took their manhood away and by my coming there they felt better than they had in so many years they couldn’t even remember. The ripples relief and joy that swept through the crowd was overwhelming.
Mother Teresa told me that she had spent her life with those people, and I had only spent a few days, and in those few days I did much more for them than she had in her lifetime. In the end, after seeing and feeling what just happened, I’m sure she was grateful I defied the Vatican’s orders.
The Pope I got to meet a Pope. I felt I was no longer a Catholic because I was divorced. The Pope said he could give me a special dispensation. He had just become Pope and joked, “I’m the Pope, I can do that.” I told him I didn’t want anything special. I said everyone who is divorced should be able to stay a Catholic if they wanted to. I told him the church had to denounce child abuse especially the practice of Priests molesting and raping little boys and girls. The Pope said they needed that practice to get new priests and nuns. How would they be able to recruit if there was no one who didn’t want to have sex. That’s why sexual abuse is condoned. I explained God made us to enjoy sex and instead of trying to create freaks who don’t like sex, the church should make it so priests and nuns could marry. I said I thought Christ would be angry with the church if He were alive today. I told him the church should not ban birth control. The church was hurting third world countries by doing that. They were forcing people to have children who couldn’t afford to take care of them. He may have asked about abortion, I can’t exactly remember that, and all I would have said was a girl should be able to stay in the church if she has an abortion. I said I thought homosexuals should be included in the church as well. I know I said I didn’t think the church had the right to tell anyone who was born a Catholic and had been going to church all their lives that they wouldn’t be forgiven and couldn’t be a member, I said Christ wouldn’t like that either. The Pope, who had been shaking as I spoke, said he thought everything I said made sense and he’d try to get things changed to include everyone. He died a few days later.
Several years later I met with some men who described themselves as the men who really ran the Catholic church. The men in the shadows, they said. They said they would put a Pope in power who would do everything I asked for, except the child molestation, that would have to stay. Child abuse wasn’t an official position of the church anyway. They asked me to name the new Pope. That was a new one for me – to name a Pope. I said Francis, I had taken Francis as my confirmation name.
Small things can sometimes change the world.
The Dalai Lama heard about me from the Pope, the Maharishi, and Mother Teresa and he wanted to meet me. I got to meet him several years later and he thanked me for what I had done in Calcutta. He told me I brought joy back to the area. We talked about the Buddhist religion and how it was my favorite organized religion and I told him that it was Christ’s favorite religion, too. He said he always thought of Christ as a Buddhist. I explained why I found that amusing. We talked a little bit about Christ and we were both convinced that Buddhism was a branch of the tree of one God; and Christ must have been alive while the tree was still a trunk. I’m proud to say I got the Dalai Lama to laugh so hard he cried. “What’s this?” he laughed, wiping a tear from his eye. That had never happened to him before. He’s a wonderful man, I enjoyed him immensely.
AIDs One day, at an outdoor concert, a man started heckling me saying I was unclean. I had scratched my face on a branch, so I supposed he thought I had AIDs. In an effort to get away from the crazy man I ended up near the stage, but he kept coming at me. I said, “Some day I hope there will be a cure for AIDs, but there’s no cure for stupid.” Then he started yelling that I hated retarded people.
This made some people in the crowd upset. A few families there had retarded children. Now they were angry with me, too. The crowd of people who could hear this very loud, very angry man had grown and I was misquoted. I asked if I could explain myself. The people on the stage let me up on the stage and gave me a microphone. I explained the angry man didn’t want to sit near me because he thought I had AIDs. I told the people you can’t get AIDs through casual contact. I said AIDs was venereal disease and it was passed through bodily fluids. This was early on in the discovery of the disease. A little boy in Florida, who had contracted AIDs, was not allowed to go to school, people were scared. I said it’s passes like any other sexually transmitted disease. I said, “Just like you can’t get syphilis from a tractor, no matter what he tells you; and you can’t get pregnant from a toilet seat, no matter what she tells you.” I got a laugh with that. I said, “My comment to the rude man was – Some day I hope there will be a cure for AIDs, but there’s no cure for stupid.” I got a big laugh with that. I added I had no ill will toward retarded people.
By this time my family caught up with me. A man in the crowd asked if what I said was true. I said it was. He said he was going to be on a radio talk show and he wanted to use those lines because it was well-said and very funny. He asked why I thought there was so much confusion as to how AIDs was contracted. I said it may be because people don’t know what a venereal disease is, and I thought when you have a moral agenda to put forward, humor is a good way to get the message across. I said I thought because you don’t always get AIDs when you have sex with someone who is infected, and so I thought the virus had to be active in order for AIDs to pass to the other partner, but you should always use a condom, and I said that should be a big part of his talk on the radio. He said it would be.
I heard him on the talk show and he said what I said. That talk show was one in a series of things that happened to rapidly change attitudes toward AIDs. As with anything else, education is the key.
I helped LBJ pass the Civil Rights Acts. (Did you ever wonder how and why a good-old-boy from Texas would pass Civil Rights legislation? To get back at the men (“sons of bitches”) in the shadows who caused the Vietnam War. Just so you know, there was a girl in the shadows fighting for what’s right. LBJ knew Kennedy relied on me for good, honest advice; and since Civil Rights was high on Kennedy’s agenda, he would ask for my help.
LBJ told me those same men killed Kennedy. He cried a little about Kennedy. He thought some people suspected he killed Kennedy, but he didn’t. LBJ really hated those “sons of bitches” and wanted them to pay, their payback was Civil Rights Legislation I got quite an education in politics and swear words those few days while LBJ called everyone in congress. He had a list of congressmen and senators and their wives names and their mistresses names and he wasn’t above using that list to get the votes he needed. I helped him think up different strategies for different people. It got to be almost fun after a while. It made Johnson laugh as he got off each call. At the end of the list we started at the beginning again because I thought we could have done better with the first few once we got our rhythm going. It worked – we got the votes we needed.
I sat next to Rosa Parks on that bus in Memphis and I wouldn’t let her get up. She was in the first row of the black section and there were no other empty seats – except next to her. I sat down, not knowing the law, and when I found out, I wouldn’t let her stand because she said her feet hurt and I knew right then that she was the one. Most of the people on the bus thought it was okay that I was sitting next to her since they assumed she was, “My Nigger.” It took several minutes and only one angry man instigated the arrest. Mrs. Parks got arrested because she “wouldn’t” get up, she said she, “Was tired of giving in.”
I had been taken to Memphis to witness the Sanitation workers murder. When they dragged Mrs. Parks off the bus a tall, white man was about to hit her with a club. I jumped in front of her and cried, “I’ll tell what happened to the garbage men,” and that stopped him. They put her in a patrol car unharmed.
I was in Memphis to see the pre-march rally, when Rosa recognized me and dragged me over to meet Dr. King. I cried on Rosa’s shoulder when I told them what happened to the sanitation workers. I told them I dipped my sneaker in blood so the cops would see the bloody footprints and they’d know the men had been killed. The people planning the march said my crying on Rosa’s shoulder might cause her problems. I said, “I’m sorry I keep getting you in trouble.” Rosa said, “Hush child, you cry all you want.” Mrs. Parks said there were men from the church already at the police station when she was brought in. She said she knew the hard part was over and that I was right, she was okay. The black people on the bus thought we had planned it, but all I know is, I knew she was the one when I sat down. I promised her I’d help her and she’d be alright. (My guardian angels were working overtime that day.)
Rosa, Dr. King and his entourage asked me to march with them. When I said, of course, then they began telling me how to react when the fire hoses are turned on, how to avoid being beaten by the cops, and how to react if dogs are used. Curling up in a ball seemed the best defense in all three scenarios. The men at the meeting assured us they would do their best to protect me and Sister Parks. Their hope was that by me walking with them, that might encourage more whites to march.
The evil people who brought me to Memphis to kill the sanitation workers, killed Dr. King and then brought me back to NJ.
Earth Day – (Boy, that one really took off, didn’t it!) On the 10th anniversary of Earth Day I got together with Robin Williams, Martin Short, and Dustin Hoffman to make a TV Special, and I believe that’s how the rest of the world got to know about it. Now there are many Earth Day specials and people around the world are rallying around the idea of leaving a cleaner world to our children’s, children’s children.
I’ve always been a proponent of clean environment, especially water. I encouraged municipalities and counties, especially in drought-stricken and desert environments, to raise the price of water when requests to cut water consumption weren’t working.
Now the biggest threat to the environment are the pharmaceutical companies that make, harmful fertilizers, and herbicides. Monsanto was created to ruin Hawaii’s environment. While GMO (genetically modified) food is not poisonous – for the most part – it is not metabolized in our bodies and causes health problems that the pharmaceutical companies will give is drugs for. Pharmaceutical companies are a bigger threat to our environment than global warming.
The rise in sea levels could be dramatically cut if we stop the use of icebreakers in the polar regions: shipping will take longer, but that’s a tiny price to pay.
I have been lobbying for Legalizing marijuana as a way to cut down on crime and arrests of innocent people. There are many medicinal uses for marijuana. I helped to get marijuana legalized in Colorado and Washington.
I had the idea for sonograms, mammograms, cat scans, microscopic surgery, laparoscopes, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery.
I am lobbying for safe “other ingredients” in medicine and supplements.
I talked Groucho Marx into going public with the problem his daughter was having getting into a country club she wanted to join. I was about 5 when I was working on the ‘You Bet Your Life,’ and we came up with “I wouldn’t want to join any club that would have me as a member – but my daughter does: a country club she wants to join won’t let her in because she’s Jewish. They should at least let her go into the pool up to her waist, since she’s only half Jewish.” I told him I thought when you have a just cause, humor’s the best way to get the message across. It worked, and clubs around the country began changing that exclusionary rule.
I started using the word Gay to mean homosexual. I didn’t like the names I was called when someone in my high school started a false rumor I was gay. It took a while to think of the right word, but once I started using it, it caught on quickly.
Helped legalize Gay marriage. Said to call the man ‘husband‘ and the woman the ‘wife,’ and to keep the terms ‘bride’ and ‘groom.’ I suggested instead of saying I pronounce you husband and husband just say “legally wed.” I haven’t been to a gay wedding but I think that was the best solution.
I’ve been teaching people “spanking” a child isn’t necessary. I think that, that change in thinking will create fewer severely emotionally crippled individuals thereby shrinking the ability of evil to spread. Intergenerational Satanic Churches worldwide aren’t able to sustain themselves because of a lack of severely abused children. Without child abuse people are able to make decisions for themselves. Independent thinking is imperative to World Peace.
Still fighting for equal pay for women and minorities.
Still trying to get people to stop thinking of sex as dirty. The governments and religions who control sex control society. (That’s one of the many evil intents to making abortion illegal.)
Still trying to point out the inherent evil in thinking anyone is better than anyone else. Any organized religion that teaches superiority, is an obstacle to World Peace.
Hey Trump – We can’t achieve World Peace by building walls.
A Lot Has Changed among families. When Bill O’Reilly says he wants things to go back to the way they were in the 50s, he’s railing against the moral strides we’ve made. (His tax bracket would be 80% in the 50s) He hates that the things I’ve been fighting for have taken such a strong foothold that true evil is no longer acceptable. People think twice before doing evil things and so the Satanic cults are having a hard time finding and keeping recruits.
Politics is changing. And now with Trump preaching hate, it will have to change some more.
In my lifetime men have begun to think of women as almost equal. For the past 50 years I’ve been a strong proponent of equal pay for equal work, no matter what color or sex you are.
I used to hear my mother say, “She’s my child, I can do anything I want to her.” Not only are there laws now but attitudes toward hurting, shaming and sexually molesting and raping your children is widely acknowledged as something immoral.
Abortion is legal in most states. Birth control is much more accessible. Child abuse is frowned upon. It was the norm. For the past half a century parents have been attempting to raise their children without trauma, and so it becomes harder to get them to join evil narcissistic organizations as teenagers and adults. O’Reilly hates that.
Books, Movies, Entertainment TV
This deserves its own blog post. I did much more than this. I always added touches of peace and harmony to the movies I directed.
Chose Bill Cosby as the second lead in I Spy. I felt integrating shows on TV was important to the goal of tolerance.
Came up with the idea for Star Trek. Chose the Star Trek cast and wrote the episodes about race and war. (I named them and dressed them, too) I’m proud to have created the first integrated cast on TV. Developed Spock’s anti-war character, the hand sign and the salutation, “Live Long and Prosper”
The play, album, and Movie – Hair
and the movie ET;
the book and the movie Johnny Got His Gun;
Brave New World;
directed – Air America; A Few Good Men; and Good Morning Vietnam.
Co-wrote Alice’s Restaurant song and Movie.
Directed and co-wrote MASH and put together the TV show and wrote some of the TV episodes including the one where the Colonel’s plane was shot down going home.
According to George Lucas I am Yoda. All of Yoda’s words are mine, George took notes on everything I said while filming American Graffiti and he created the character Yoda to say them.
Played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and made sure the movie was more equal rights oriented than the book.
Music – This deserves its own blog post.
By 1969 I had named and played with so many bands it was decided to put on a weekend long Rock concert called Woodstock. New York State Throughway was so overwhelmed with traffic – it closed. Woodstock was proof that a million people could spend a weekend together, help each other and have nothing but peace, love and music. Max Yazger, whose farm we inhabited, was glad he’d lived long enough to witness such a thing. Woodstock became the gold standard for the Peace movement – it made people realize World Peace was possible.
Played with the Beatles and we went to see the Maharishi to check to see if my idea of World Peace was well-founded. (In the picture, I’m the blonde sitting next to George)The Beatles changed their music to write songs about peace.
Wrote the song Ebony and Ivory for Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. All You Need is Love; Abraham, Martin and John; Puff the Magic Dragon; Wrote many songs about peace including Give Peace a Chance; Imagine; Do They Know It’s Christmas.
I wrote most, if not all, of the songs about Peace. Blowin’ in the Wind, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Wrote the second verse of We Shall Overcome the day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot, while at the meeting about the march. The second verse is –
‘Deep in my heart, I still believe, that we shall overcome some day.’
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, the Wiz Kids and most people in silicon valley thought of me as the inventor of the internet. I’d like to believe the Internet still has potential. For instance, Twitter was created with evil intentions but is being used for good. I thought of the internet as a means to an end goal of World Peace, but the evil others took the reins once it was up and running. I wanted the internet to be a repository for information, a way to share knowledge.
Random things when I was very young
Electricity in homes used to cause fires. Also, there was so much more electricity could do, if they could keep it contained. I got a crash course in electricity when I was 4 or 5. Once I figured out the problem, I suggested changing the plugs. I came up with the polarized plug (One side bigger than the other on the outlet and the plug, so you knew which way to plug it in.) And the grounded plug (three pronged) and the 220 plug, and the 35 watt plug. House fires were cut back to below before electricity statistics because electric lights cut down on fires started by gas lamps and candles.
When I was a kid I came up with Smokey the Bear to prevent forest fires; and the Indian with a tear as a campaign against litter.
So – it may not seem like it to many people, including me, but when I put it all together like this, I hope you’ll agree – I’ve been busy.